Successful architect Will Roberts organizes a grand surprise birthday party for his wife Mandy with their daughter Kelly and college days friend, only to be told afterward she wants a ... See full summary »
William R. Moses
Teresa accidentally comes across Pablo, her old college love. Fifteen years ago they had each left their country believing the other dead at the hands of a military dictatorship, and they must now come to terms with their past.
This movie, based on the true story, begins with the murder of a housewife. When troubled teenage daughter confesses the crime, it looks like a solved case. But, the investigators are ... See full summary »
The siblings Joseph and Chloé are 12 and have just been placed on another children's home. For years they were on the same or separate homes or on the run together. Chloé is an autist. She ... See full summary »
Thirteen-year-old Kerry is repeatedly sexually abused by several adults, including at one point her mother. Her father sets her up as a prostitute. Kerry finally calls Childline and is put ... See full summary »
Predictability is the key word here. This is a very standard movie-of-the-week involving an adoption between an upper-middle class couple and a down-on-their-luck couple, who want to give up their young toddler, Emily, because they can only barely afford to feed themselves. Ted Levine and Kathleen Wilhoite are the homeless couple, and being well into their thirties at least, the viewer gets the sense that their predicament is not the result of youthful inexperience but character issues. Ted Levine is simply fantastic, much too talented for this movie, to be blunt. He commands every scene he appears in with his rough, abrupt demeanor, often offending the prospective parents of his daughter. He is cavalier in the "sale" of his daughter, and yet it is hard to dislike him. His wife, Lily, played by Kathleen Wilhoite, is whipped-dog subdued, completely unassertive and willing to let her daughter be traded without a peep, although she is consumed by depression afterward. Both halves of this couple are the main reason to watch "Broken Promises". The story will not particularly surprise or enlighten, but their performances are magnetic.
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